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10th June, 2010

The 6th generation VW Golf model line-up continues to expand with the new GTD arriving in Australia. Its 125 kW power level makes it the highest-performance production Golf with a diesel engine. The code letters GTD have revolutionised the diesel market with its turbocharged diesel engine; a diesel that is not only economical but exceedingly sporty too.

The new Golf GTD is powered by a common rail TDI engine with a torque of 350 Newton-metre, fuel efficiency of 5.5 litres and CO2 emissions of 145 g/km. The GTD accelerates from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in some 8.1 seconds.

Its specific torque is 176.4 Newton-metre per litre engine displacement. In practically any driving situation, the 16-valve four-cylinder engine offers the power of a sporty car. Just as pioneering is the six-speed DSG gearbox from Volkswagen: Just as on the Golf GTI, on the Golf GTD too there will be an optional dual clutch transmission in place. The Golf GTD with DSG also accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and it consumes 5.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres on average (152/km CO2).

The car’s visual appearance stands out, amongst other Golf models. The Volkswagen Golf GTD – equipped with a chassis lowered by 15 millimetres, 17-inch alloy wheels and 225 section tyres – shows parallels and once again a similarity to the GTI in terms of its styling and features. Consider the front-end, for example: among the hallmarks of the GTD and GTI are their bumper designs with standard front fog lights in a typical vertical lay out. Their headlights and radiator grilles share the same construction as well. In the case of the GTD, the horizontal stripes in the radiator grille – typical of the GTI – are styled in chrome. At the rear, the turbo-diesel also has a diffuser, but it is modified: The diesel Golf can be recognised by the twin chrome tailpipes of its exhaust system in the diffuser. The taillights are 'smoked'.

The car’s interior follows Volkswagen’s GT philosophy. And this means ergonomics, supplemented by features tailored to the Golf GTD. The “sport seats” – the same as the ones used in the Golf GTI – define a higher standard. Their long-distance touring and racing properties are well known, as is their styling. In contrast to the GTI, the black sport seats of the GTD are complemented by a light grey colour in the diamond stripe pattern instead of red. Another highlight is the three-spoke leather sport steering wheel. And, as on the steering wheel, the parking brake grip and gearshift surround are also finished in leather. The instrument and door trim areas are treated with “Black Stripe” gloss-black accents.

Golf GTD is fully equipped including details such as chrome bezels for various switches, a black roofliner and black roof pillar trim, automatic climate control, Multi-Functional Display (MFD Plus) trip computer, centre armrests and the RCD 510 radio system. Standard features also include ESP with braking assistant, as well as seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver’s side.

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New Volkswagen Golf GTD Pricing

Golf GTD 5 Door 6 Speed Manual $39,290*
Golf GTD 5 Door 6 Speed DSG $41,790*


Metallic/Pearl Effect Paint $500*
Vancouver 18" alloy wheels (4) $1,200*
Dynaudio Excite 300W Audio $1,300*
Satellite Navigation RNS510 $2,500*
RNS510 with Dynauido Excite $3,500*
Media Device Interface (MDI) $270*
Vienna Leather Upholstery $3,300*

NOTE: * Prices are manufacturer list prices (MLP) only. As such, dealer delivery fees and the various state/territory statutory charges are excluded in the quoted MLP.


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